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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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70th MSSA Senate

September 4, 2002

Meeting called to order by Speaker Zach Biesanz

Roll Call (present-absent-proxy-excused)

Senators Present

Chris Forman 3-0-0, Ryan Haugen 3-0-0, Andrew Menden-proxy Katie Erickson 2-0-1, Jessica Giordani 2-0-0, Rajendra K. Penugonda 3-0-0, Jessica Boyd 3-0-0, Katie Garrity 3-0-0, Mohammed Suhail- 2-0-1, Alex Boyce 3-0-0, C. Rhys Gaffer 3-0-0, Joseph Perkins 3-0-0, Ashley Guetter 2-1-0, Anand Agarwal 2-1-0, Gordana Copic 3-0-0, Ross McCormick-proxy Mary Scheider 2-0-1, Irfan Bangash 3-0-0, Taimoor Hussain Bangash 3-0-0, Celeste Hollerud-2-0-1, Kashif H. Khan 1-2-0, Ian Radtke 3-0-0, Hailey Schmitz 3-0-0, Cassie Linkenmeyer 2-1-0

Senators Absent

Minhaal M. Nathani 2-1-0,

Executive Staff Present

President Joseph Muggli, Vice President Ali Raza

Student Forum

Rajendra Penugonda-speaking on behalf of students concerned about having to pay tuition on first day of classes. Students did not hear of payment options, or late fees. Students were lining up and panicking. Also very few people are aware of senate meetings. We need to do something to make it more in the eye of students.

Approval of Agenda

Rhys Gaffer-Social & Behavioral Science added to senator reports.

Approval of Minutes 5/1/02 (tabled until 9/11/02)

Officer Reports

President Joseph Muggli-MSUSA September 20-22. Need a representative from MSU to go to D.C. Nov. 13-17, see President if interested. Tim Penny coming September 10th at 10 a.m. A small number of students will attend. Met with Sandra Loertz, Director of Financial Aid. 871 students work study was cancelled, they received a letter about this in July, they have a minimal chance of being reinstated for spring. Possible for spring semester if legislature passes money. MSU received $106,000 last year for child care assistance, this year MSU got $26,940. There will be no money for spring. This is a huge loss. Every one of you should be emailing our representatives and telling them that this is hurting our university. Offices are not getting help to provide services. Let legislators know education is important. Financial aid will be disbursed on Sept. 6.

Met with Dean Trauger and agreed that we would want a sentence that stands out with an explanation about the student fee breakdown. All students should receive an email with breakdown soon. The reason payment was due on the first is because some students do not attend and that is taking a class from someone else. Next year classes could be dropped if a student does not pay. Other schools are heading in this same direction. Spring semester bill will show deductions on bill, scholarships, grants, etc. A 5-6 member focus group will discuss these issues, possibly Student Services committee. School will work with students in extraordinary situations; they need to meet with Business Office.

Met with Lupe Quintero and CLASA students. Discussed MSSA involvement and RSO’S.

Attended Budget Sub Meet & Confer yesterday. Discussed tuition projection, financial aid. This year 17 million will be disbursed in financial aid, a record amount which includes 750 more students will receive some form of aid. We also lost $800,000 in grant aid; this means lots of lost hours and possible productivity of offices. Public Hearings will be held at SCTC Sept. 11 at 4:00 pm regarding financial aid. The Higher Education Service Office (HESO) will be there, students can give testimonies on why we need more grants and aid.

Committee appointments: MSUSA Campus Representative-Blake Frink, Academic Affairs-Chris Forman, Minhaal M. Nathani, Katie Garrity, Andrew Menden, Ryan Haugen, Jessica Giordani, Rajendra K. Penugonda, Jessica Boyd, Mohammad Suhail, Alex Boyce, Rhys Gaffer, Joseph Perkins, Ashley Guetter Graduate Submeet & Confer-Jessica Giordani Parking Advisory-Rhys Gaffer, Ian Radtke SAC-Katie Garrity, Daniela Rumpf, Ashley Guetter Commission on the Status of Women-Breezy Bryant, Becky Zacharias MSSA Legislative Affairs-Jayson Read, Jon Zetsman, Stacey Bach MSSA CD-ECDC-Alex Boyce, Sarmad Abbas, Yelty Koe MSSA Student Affairs-Anand Agarwal, Gordana Copic, Ross McCormick, Irfan Bangash, Taimoor Bangash, Celeste Holleurd, Kashif Khan, Ian Radtke, Hailey Schmitz, Cassi Linkenmeyer, Sarmad Abbas, Megan Brandt J-Board-Ian Radtke Union Board-Rhys Gaffer, Ryan Haugen, Cindy West Constitution Commission-Andrew Menden Commission on Ethics & Standards-Alex Boyce, Megan Brandt Elections Committee-Katie Garrity, Jessica Boyd, Ian Radtke, Rhys Gaffer, Chris Forman, Rajendra Penugonda, Ryan Haugen Steering Committee-Katie Garrity, Jayson Read

This is not final, many appointments still available. Check out website-committees are listed as well as application.

(amend agenda to move Senator Reports forward due to equipment time-frame)

Vice President Ali Raza-Elections Deadline Sept. 17. Judicial Board-applications available, 12 students on board.

Previous Speaker asked question about Tech Roundtable, refer to President. President Muggli-This is a student committee, members last year were not all students, yet they voted. Faculty and staff should not be allowed to vote on a student committee. A senator has revamped this procedure, we will appoint to this in a couple weeks. Regarding fees paid on first day-tuition went up about 10%, a lot of students have not even paid for last year, yet they registered for fall, university was not getting enough money. International Students or other students with money coming in latter can appeal to pay this at a latter date.

Speaker Zach Biesanz

Correspondence re: Received from Malcolm O’Sullivan May, 2, 2002. The President has received and reviewed the resolution contained in your April 24, 2002 memorandum. The President provides the following response to this resolution. #04.24.02A recommends allocating up to $50.00 to Students Promoting Education about animal Cruelty for World Wide

Animals in Labs Week Conference in Chicago, Il. The President has reviewed and approved this allocation. Resignations: Andy Nelson, Monica Klein, Stephanie White, seats declared vacant.

If you are referring to a speaker in debate-you are referring to what they say, not who they are.

Can use name regarding Student Forum, etc.

Senator Reports

Science Engineering & Technology Senator – Jessica Boyd

MSSA Website goals were to be accessible by all students and to present information in an organized way. Items planned-election information, office tour, committee pages. Included in demonstration: Committee links to constitution/bylaws, profile links, minutes links on profiles, committee applications, coordinator applications.

Social & Behavioral Science Senator-Rhys Gaffer

Campus Access Hub does have student fees on-line. Have made a media relations plan to promote the MSSA and to encourage MSU students in CSBS to contact myself or the other two CSBS senators. Next week I’ll be making flyers to send to each department in CSBS and other areas around campus to encourage MSU students to contact myself or the other two CSBS senators with any questions or comments. Am in the process of making a tentative calendar of business for the Student Union Board. As a student who was elected to this board I am looking forward to preparing for the work ahead on this committee this year.

Proposal for changes to the structure of the Student Technology roundtable. MSSA needs to reclaim this committee and ensure that all of the student’s perspectives are represented on this committee. The copy of the original language is posted in the information center on the corkboard. Please come prepared to debate and vote on this proposal next week. (See Technology Roundtable Draft)

President Muggli-Do you have plans on bringing this before as a formal initiative?

Senator Gaffer-Yes, this is a draft proposal, next week it will be brought forward.

President Muggli-Do you know it will take two consecutive meetings to pass this to make it official?

Senator Gaffer-No, I thought this would come before the committee as a whole.

Speaker-This draft is an idea for an amendment to the bylaws. Next week it will be structured and initiated.

Fun Stuff: If anyone is interested, I’ll be going to the Spiderman movie on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. Patriotic Duty Reminder: Next Tuesday is Primary Day in Minnesota-this is a good opportunity to vote to narrow the field. You can also pre-register to vote for the General Election on Tuesday November 5, 2002.


Speaker Biesanz-Available seats: Allied Health, Arts and Humanities, Education, Off-Campus (2), Mav Hall. The agenda will be posted on door every week. Write your name on the agenda by 12:00 noon to be on the agenda.

Jessica Boyd-Put profiles in box asap.

President Muggli-Student Services and Academic Affairs will meet at 3:00 PM next Wednesday.

Vice President Raza-Judicial Board applications are available from Cheri.

Ian Radtke-Stanford Observatory open 8:30-11:00 Monday-Thursday.

Katie Garrity-Ambassadors and tour guides are needed by the Admissions Office, contact Ryan or Brian.

President Muggli-Also going to Spiderman on Friday.

Vice President Raza-Don’t waste your time, it was not as good as they said, Batman was better.

Adjournment 5:38 P.M.